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Fasting, Feasting. By Anita Desai. Houghton Mifflin. $ Pittsburgh, PA. Friday. December 18, News. Sports. Lifestyle. Classifieds. Plain, unmarriageable Uma has failed to outgrow her childhood home, with its bittersweet treats of puri-alu and barfi. Overprotected and starved for a life, she is . Anita Desai's Fasting, Feasting, as it is implied in the title itself, is a novel of customs representing 'fasting,' and the other, American, a country of opulence and.

Gender and Social Roles Themes and Colors LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Fasting, Feasting, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Gender and Social Roles The pressures and expectations placed on the different characters in the novel show the contrast in the social roles men and women are expected to fulfill, both in India and in the United States. While men are expected to be hard working, academic, and successful, the social value of women is dependent on their submissiveness, domestic abilities, beauty and child bearing. Aruna and Uma are raised, educated, and groomed only with marriage in mind. The needs and desires of the individual are in constant tension with the demands of the family, which is the central social institution throughout the novel. Plenty and want are not what they appear to be, and characters who seem to have much are often found wanting; likewise, those who seem to have little are rich in spiritual ways. The nuns at the convent and the Christian missionaries represent a western perspective in India that… Loneliness and Togetherness The difference between loneliness and being alone is a tension that affects many characters throughout the novel. Balancing the needs for both community and solitude is a constant struggle, especially for Uma and Arun.

Patton what is wrong. Meanwhile, one day in the grocery store, a cashier tells Mrs.

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Patton that she looks pregnant. Patton becomes obsessed with sun tanning, further neglecting her daughter. Toward the end of the summer, Arun and Melanie go with Mrs. Patton to a pond.

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Arun delightedly enjoys the feeling of escaping himself when swimming. Later, while Mrs. Patton is sun bathing, Arun goes to look for Melanie, who has disappeared. He finds her half-conscious in a pile of her own vomit.

Patton soon arrives, shocked at what she sees. Melanie enters into a rehabilitative institution, and Rod leaves for college. Patton takes on a second job, and Mrs. Patton becomes interested in eastern spirituality. Arun receives a package carefully packed by Uma, but he gives the contents away to Mrs. Patton, and he leaves, returning to school at the University. Sign In Sign Up.

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Plain, unmarriageable Uma has failed to outgrow her childhood home, with its bittersweet treats of puri-alu and barfi. Overprotected and starved for a life, she is smothered by her overbearing parents, successful sister Aruna, and Arun, the family's disappointment of a son.

Across the world in Massachusetts, where Arun has gone as a student, family life in an American suburb is bewilderingly different. The Pattons, who he lives with, appear strange and terrible. The women don't appear to cook at all, though they stuff their shopping carts; the men barbecue huge chunks of meat; their daughter binges on innumerable candy bars. Increasingly, Mrs Patton is desperate to be a vegetarian, like Arun. But what Arun wants most is to be invisible.

Moving from a traditional Indian household to an American one, Fasting, Feasting is a powerful exploration of hunger and plenty, and one of Anita Desai's most socially acute novels. Fiction Literature Publication Details Publisher: Random House Publishers India Pvt.

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